Captain Pratima Bhullar Maldonado and Lieutenant Abram Isaac Maldonado are making waves in the NYPD. Beyond their ranks, they share a deep connection rooted in service, understanding, and love. Captain Pratima, the highest-ranking South Asian female cop in the NYPD, and Lieutenant Abram explore their journey as they break barriers, support each other, and strive for positive change in their beloved city.
What inspired you both to join the NYPD, and how has your journey been so far?
Captain Pratima- My Grandfather proudly served in the Indian military, and his stories of service have shaped my character, instilling in me a deep sense of duty, discipline, and an unwavering commitment to serve and protect others.
Lt Maldonado- I joined because growing up in the Bronx I saw constant violence, drug use and depravity first-hand. The police were the only ones that were always there when people needed help. I wanted to be a part of that and give back to my community.
How do you manage the demands of your NYPD roles while maintaining a strong connection at home?
We talk all the time. Since we both are in the same line of work, there is a mutual understanding. When there’s a problem at work, we seek each other out for advice. We know that 9 out of 10 times we are both going to be working on the holidays. It’s expected to miss thanksgiving and Christmas sometimes. Whenever we do have free time together, it becomes our own holiday.
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